Cost and Financial Aid

The Shakespeare and Performance tuition rate for the 2016–17 academic year is $750 per semester hour.

Financial aid is available to Shakespeare and Performance students. In general, students must be at least half-time (five or more credit hours per semester) to receive financial aid. While there are very few grant opportunities available for graduate students through the federal or state governments, most students are eligible for Federal Stafford Loans to assist with tuition and living expenses. Tuition is not due until about a month into the semester.

Financial Aid Opportunities:

  • Federal Stafford Loans
  • Veteran’s benefits for those who qualify
  • Private sources. Try: or
  • Tuition-reimbursement programs. These are available to employees of cities, counties, states, and private corporations. Contact your employer for details. See Tuition Reimbursement from Employers.
  • Scholarships and assistantships, as awarded through the admission process to the Shakespeare and Performance program. Each year the program distributes a good number of merit scholarships in the form of course tuition waivers for three-to-six semester hours. These awards are posted on students’ tuition invoices and deducted from the balance due.
  • The Shakespeare and Performance program also hires six graduate assistants each year who receive a tuition waiver for up to six semester hours of credit plus an annual stipend that is distributed as 12 monthly checks on the 25th of each month, beginning in September. In addition, the program awards several Federal Work-Study positions that require students to work approximately 7.5 hours per week for $8.25/hour. All assistants must complete and submit monthly timesheets.
  • Second- and third-year Shakespeare and Performance students also may apply for teaching assistantships available in the theatre, English, and communication departments of the residential College for Women.

Methods of Tuition Payment:

  • VISA, Mastercard, e-Check and personal checks.
  • Pay via e-check using the myMBU portal.
  • Pay up front each semester or set up a convenient monthly payment plan.
  • Tuition is deducted from loan amounts and checks for the balance are distributed to students the second week of classes. Students sign for and pick up checks from the Mary Baldwin Business Office on the ground floor of the Administration Building.
  • Tuition can be viewed in the myMBU portal.

For more information, contact the Financial Aid Office at 540-887-7323.